How is life in Forest Hill? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Forest Hill is a district of the London Borough of Lewisham in south east London, England, on the South Circular Road, which is home to the Horniman Museum. “

What kind of things are there to do in the city of Forest Hill?

There are always activities happening in lively Forest Hill. Timeout posts weekly on events there, so browse their site for ideas. We included a link to their Forest Hill page to make finding local happenings easier. Getting to know a new area is easier with an overview of offerings and locations. Our map pulls together property price info and other details from this article to give you a Forest Hill snapshot.

The things you might need in Forest Hill

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Forest Hill name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Tube & Train stations in and around Forest Hill

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Forest Hill entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Forest Hill United Kingdom 3.7 65

How many hospitals, pharmacies and doctors are there in Forest Hill?

Forest Hill has 1 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Vale Medical Centre 195-197 Perry Vale, London 2.9 210

What schools are nearby in Forest Hill?

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Forest Hill vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Sydenham School Dartmouth Road, London 3.3 26
Novacane Studios 10 Clyde Terrace, London 5 211
Contemporary Vocal Coach 23 London Road, London N/A N/A
South London Guitar Lessons 13C Havelock Walk, London 5 19
Ignite Your Inner Light 23 London Road, London N/A N/A
Forest Hill Nursery 8-10 Devonshire Road, London 5 3
DRUM LESSONS West London Music Tutors 20 Manor Mount, London N/A N/A
St George’s CE Primary School Perry Vale, London 3.9 19
Creative Stars Day Nursery Macklin House, Shackleton Close, London 5 2
New Vision Day Nursery 35 Sunderland Road, London N/A N/A
Kirkdale Learning Centre 84 Kirkdale, London N/A N/A
Recorder Teacher Dacres Road, London N/A N/A
Kindergarten Forest Hill (Forest Hill Branch) 50 Dacres Road, London 4.6 10
Kumon Maths & English Honor Oak Christian Fellowship Centre, Honor Oak Road, London 5 9
Brainy Tutors 60 Cranston Road, London 5 3
Kelvin Grove Children & Family Centre Kelvin Grove, London N/A N/A
Holy Trinity Primary School 88 Dartmouth Road, London 4.1 9
Singing and Acting Lessons Whatman Road, London N/A N/A
Forest Hill Montessori 1 Rojack Road, London 3.8 16
Eliot Bank School Thorpewood Avenue, London 3.8 12

Post offices in the area of Forest Hill

Nearby post offices make sending and getting packages a breeze. Post office branches in Forest Hill provide services like money orders and postal insurance alongside mail services. You can take a look for yourself to see where they are located below.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Forest Hill Post Office Devonshire Road, London 1.8 126
Royal Mail Forest Hill Delivery Office Perry Vale, London 3.6 185

Things that make us love Forest Hill

What makes the heart of Forest Hill? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Forest Hill to help you decide to move in there.

In Forest Hill, is there a lot of green space?

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Forest Hill in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

Museums & Galleries

The vitality of a region is shaped by its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Forest Hill, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. These venues offer delightful experiences, especially on weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Horniman Museum and Gardens 100 London Road, London N/A N/A
The Bandstand at Horniman Museum and Gardens Unnamed Road, London 4.2 5
The View Sydenham Hill, London N/A N/A

The types of restaurants

Forest Hill is rich in restaurants, from Indian, Chinese or Italian ones, your area is vibrant with life and the foodies that you may be will surely find what you are looking for.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Dartmouth Arms inc. MEATliquor Restaurant Forest Hill 7 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 612
Horniman Cafe 100 London Road, London 4.3 419
Red Pepper 63A Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 N/A
Taste of Turkish- Foresthill 63 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 19
Ferfect Fried Chicken 24 London Road, London 4.3 61
Bona 25 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 472
Piazza Della Cucina 15 Perry Vale, London 4.3 212
Morley’s Forest Hill 5 Westbourne Drive, London 4.3 94
Esso 163-165 Stanstead Road, London 4.3 56
The Bird in Hand 35 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 187
Brothers Kebab & Burgers 172 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 62
Home Taste 229 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 46
Greedy Chef Indian Takeaway 176 Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 62
The Signal Pub 7 Devonshire Road, London 4.3 829
Cafe 7-8, The Facade, Devonshire Road, London 4.3 23
Railway Telegraph 112 Stanstead Road, London 4.3 384
No. 41 Coffee & Kitchen 41 Brockley Rise, London 4.3 230
TSE’S Restaurant 54 London Road, London 4.3 128
Pizza Hut Delivery 8 London Road, London 4.3 134
Canvas & Cream 18 London Road, London 4.3 690

Supermarkets in Forest Hill

Grocery shopping is another important activity you will do if you move into the area of Forest Hill. In the below table, we go over the nearby supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s so you know what the area has to offer for your food shop.

We weren’t able to find any supermarket in this area. If we were wrong, tell us in the comments the name and address of your local supermarket or grocery store. We’ll amend this page

What kind of gyms are there in Forest Hill?

While working from home has increased, so has the frequentation of gyms to help keep in shape. With companies like Better or Pure Gym and others, Forest Hill might help you stay in shape. A great feature to have nearby.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Energie Fitness Gym Forest Hill 26 London Road, London 4.3 254
Twist Studios Forest Hill 99a Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 68
Gibson Pilates Dartmouth Road, London 4.3 1
Yoga Turkey 133A Devonshire Road, London 4.3 N/A
The MindBody Therapy Centre 120 Stanstead Road, London 4.3 187
Studio One Pilates & Movement 58-72 Dalmain Road, London 4.3 11
Just Dance UK Forest Hill School Sports Centre, Bampton Road, Forest Hill 4.3 4
Xcelerate Gym London 4.3 N/A
Mybodymind Yoga Studio 4F Church Vale, London 4.3 N/A
Restore Pilates 32 Clyde Terrace, London 4.3 21
LaJump Jumping Fitness Waldram Park Road, London 4.3 4
Stella Billerey Therapies 34 Sunderland Road, London 4.3 22
Yoga Monkey Forest Hill Christ Church Chapel on the Hill, South Road, London 4.3 10
XCELERATE GYM Forest Hill 1-9 Sunderland Road, London 4.3 199
Sound Fitness Studios Forest Hill Keynote Studios, Studio 7 & 8, Dalmain Road, London 4.3 79
Floating Fitness – Pole Dance & Aerial Yoga 58-72 Dalmain Road, London 4.3 2
Toni Osborne Yoga – SE23 Studio & Garden – Vinyasa, Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga 66 Colfe Road, London 4.3 98
London Parkour Project Forest Hill Boys Sports Centre, London 4.3 40
Northern Sky Reformer Bed Pilates 246a Devonshire Road, London 4.3 N/A

Public houses of Forest Hill

As Londoners, we love our local pubs. Forest Hill has great ones to become your new regular spot. Consider these if visiting or moving to the area of Forest Hill.

Pub name Name Address Description
All Inn One 53 Perry Vale Forest Hill SE23 2NE Red brick free house. Still known to locals as the Foresters. The open-plan interior is surprisingly spacious. Garden areas include family garden with children’s playground and “Peaceful Garden”. Separate room can be used for functions. Part of the main bar may be partitioned off for functions and parties. Has a range of bottled craft and wheat beers as well as one or two cask ales, usually from local SE London breweries. There is no longer a kitchen but varying food vans are often in situ or food can be brought in from local outlets.
Bird in Hand 35 Dartmouth Road Forest Hill SE23 3HN A deceptively spacious, smart Victorian corner local taken over and refurbished by Antic in summer 2023. The bright and airy front bar leads through to a slightly more muted raised rear seating area. Has no garden but there is a small outside seating area at the side which acts as a sun-trap in the summer. There are usually five cask beers available, including one or two from the in-house Volden brewery. There was no kitchen at the re-opening but one is planned to open later in 2023.
Blythe Hill Tavern 319 Stanstead Road Forest Hill SE23 1JB A friendly local rooted in the community, this Victorian corner pub became Grade II listed in 2022 and has a nationally important historic interior with an interesting three-room layout and 1920s panelling. The landlord and barmen wear traditional collar and tie. There are sports screens in two of the bars. Traditional Irish music is performed on Thursday nights. The beer garden includes a children’s play area, and is abloom with flowers in summer. Always carries an awesome range of ciders and perries which goes a long way towards explaining the pub being one of four finalists for CAMRA’s National Cider Pub of the Year competition 2018. SPBW London Pub of the Year 2015. SE London CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2015 and again in 2018 and Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2015, 2016 and again in 2018. 5 handpumps in total, split between two of the rooms (4 in public and 1 in saloon). May stay open later in the earlier part of the week – please enquire politely!
Chandos 56 Brockley Rise Forest Hill SE23 1LN This is a large pub with a bar at the front, a large main room to the left and a smaller snug-type room to the right through glazed doors. The pub now does a range of craft beers and serves pizza. At the back of the main room a door leads outside to a small smoking/drinking area. Interesting features include the ornately decorated bar back and some green banded glazing in the windows (ex-Charrington perhaps). 3 handpumps with 2 ever-changing cask ales sold. Card payment only here, cash not accepted.
General Napier 73 Bovill Road Forest Hill SE23 1EX This is a friendly and unpretentious, cornersite backstreet pub, popular with the local community. The pub sign is a fairly plain affair that just says “The Nap”. Inside it’s carpeted throughout, with banquettes, metal framed tables and small stools providing the main furnishings, but of course with the obligatory tall stools at the bar. Rather unusually, there’s a bit of matchboard half-height wooden screening in the middle of the room that serves to screen off some of the seating from the main bar area. There are TVs; a dartboard near the corner door; a small garden at the back and a few benches outside at the front, plus free wi-fi advertised. Refurbished and reopened under new management in July 2022.
Prince of Wales 52 Perry Rise Forest Hill SE23 2QL A 30’s mock Tudor building, renovated extensively in 2013. Has a central bar that creates a smallish room on the left and a larger one on the right which leads to a patio garden. Range of live music features. Guest beer sometimes is from local Brockley Brewery. Home cooked food is available from Thursday to Sunday. Ask the landlord about the giant boot on the roof!
Signal 7 Devonshire Road Forest Hill SE23 3HE Re-opened after a refurbishment in October 2015, the first of the new Hippo Inns chain of managed pubs, a joint venture between Ei (formerly Enterprise Inns) and Rupert Clevely (founder of Geronimo Inns). The renaming from the Hob to the Signal harks back to its original name of the Railway Signal Hotel. A large, light and airy Victorian pub using mainly pastel shades of decoration, sitting on a high pavement opposite Forest Hill railway station, offering real ale, craft keg beers and an extensive wine list. Inside it is on three wooden floored levels with an L-shaped bar counter on the ground floor which is equipped with 3 handpumps. Upstairs is Georgi’s Bar Rotisserie & Grill. Clearly a food orientated venue. To the right hand side is a paved and partly covered outside patio.
Sylvan Post 24-28 Dartmouth Road Forest Hill SE23 3XU A former Antic pub, subsequently taken over by Portobello brewery in late 2020, situated in a former 1960s post office. Retains many features of the original building, including the strong room now transformed into a snug, and the original exterior. Two quiet snug rooms contain old post office equipment. Walls are hung with postal memorabilia including framed postage stamps and telegrams. Music usually playing in main room. There are board games, suitable for children. Food is good quality, with Sunday lunch a speciality. Dogs are welcome. Quiz night on Wednesday. Two or three changing real ales available, usually including one from Portobello. Instagram:

Other areas nearby

You could find your new neighbourhood in an area that is nearby and similar to Forest Hill. Check out some of our other guides on places nearby so you’re sure your ideal place to buy a property isn’t next door.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Anerley See the guide here
Penge See the guide here
Stoneleigh See the guide here
Upper Norwood See the guide here
Crystal Palace See the guide here
Gipsy Hill See the guide here
Sydenham See the guide here
West Norwood See the guide here
Bellingham See the guide here
Sydenham Hill See the guide here
West Dulwich See the guide here
Catford See the guide here
Honor Oak See the guide here
Dulwich Village See the guide here
Crofton Park See the guide here
East Dulwich See the guide here
Western Ladywell See the guide here
Ladywell See the guide here
Brockley See the guide here
Nunhead See the guide here
Anerley See the guide here
Penge See the guide here
Stoneleigh See the guide here
Upper Norwood See the guide here
Crystal Palace See the guide here
Gipsy Hill See the guide here
Sydenham See the guide here
West Norwood See the guide here
Bellingham See the guide here
Sydenham Hill See the guide here
West Dulwich See the guide here
Catford See the guide here
Honor Oak See the guide here
Dulwich Village See the guide here
Crofton Park See the guide here
East Dulwich See the guide here
Western Ladywell See the guide here
Ladywell See the guide here
Brockley See the guide here

Are you looking to buy or sell a property in this area? Have a look at our detailed analysis of the postcodes below

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